Sony Releases Xperia ZR Smartphone, Device Enables Underwater Filming

Sony introduced the new Xperia ZR smartphone today that features an extremely high level of water-resistance and can capture photos and full HD videos while submerged.

"The Xperia ZR pushes the boundaries on where and how consumers can use the full potential of their smartphone. By combining Sony's leading camera technology with the highest level of water-resistance, you will never miss another moment," said Calum MacDougall, Director of Xperia Marketing at Sony Mobile Communications.

"[Bringing] together the best of Sony's leading technology, media applications and easy one-touch connectivity with the largest ever range of NFC-enabled accessories, the Xperia ZR delivers the unique smartphone experience that people can expect from Sony," he continued in a statement.

The Xperia ZR is a completely waterproof device and is also IP55 and IP58 compliant. It can be submerged in 1.5 meters of fresh water for up to 30 minutes.

It features impressive specifications including a 4.6-inch HD reality display, 13-megapixel fast capture camera, a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro quad-core 1.5GHz processor, and 4G LTE.

The device also comes with Sony's "Exmor RS for mobile" image sensor with High Dynamic Range, which allows it to capture perfect pictures and videos in all conditions and situations.

The camera on the Xperia ZR has several features including Superior Auto mode and Scene Recognition that make photography on the device more efficient.

"Superior Auto mode combines Scene Recognition with high quality performance image processing technology (HDR and noise reduction) to automatically shoot with the most optimal settings," wrote Sony. "And when you want to capture action fast, simply turn on burst mode to shoot an unlimited number of images at 15 frame per second."

The smartphone also enhances the experience of watching videos as its super sharp 4.6 HD Reality Display is powered by Sony's Mobile BRAVIA Engine 2.

The Xperia ZR will launch in various global markets during the second quarter of 2013.